Amendment No. 26 provides that the executive must keep records specifying "the number of applications for assessments" and "the number of persons to whom services identified in assessment reports have not been provided". It does not refer to service statements, however. I am not sure whether I have used the exact phrase. I refer to statements which are prepared by liaison officers. Such statements are not referred to in the amendment.
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I thank the Minister of State for introducing amendments Nos. 26 and 28, which meet the need I tried to address in amendment No. 27. I am happy to support the Government's amendments.
I applaud amendments Nos. 26 and 28. Senator Terry is also to be applauded for noticing that there was a need for such amendments. As the Minister of State has said, the provisions of the excellent amendments Nos. 26 and 28 exceed the requirements outlined by Senator Terry. It is clear that various sections of the Bill are related to each other.
The amendments do not require individual needs to be specified. Individuals cannot get assessments of their unmet needs. The amendments relate to aggregate needs.